The humiliated Manchester United stars come to training after having a day off following their embarrassing defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fighting for his place ahead of the Tottenham clash.
Manchester United players and staff got down to business on Tuesday morning after a day off following their utter humiliation at the hands of Liverpool.
The Red Devils were totally embarrassed by Jurgen Klopp’s team when they fell in a 5-0 loss at Old Trafford, leaving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under immense pressure.
Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and company arrived for training less than 48 hours after that horror show.
Man United forward Marcus Rashford arrives for the first training session since the Liverpool attack
United left-back Luke Shaw arrives at the AON Carrington training complex to get down to business
Jadon Sancho, who has struggled for playing time since his summer play, arrives Tuesday
Cristiano Ronaldo raised a rallying cry at his teammates after the shocking loss, captain Harry Maguire apologized to fans while defender Shaw insisted that the fault lies with the players and not their boss.
Without a Premier League victory since September 19, scrutiny over Solskjaer has intensified in recent weeks and speculation about his future has intensified.
Sportsmail reported Monday night that the Norwegian fears losing his job after nearly three years in charge of former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, one of the favorites to succeed him.
The club offered Solskjaer lukewarm support on a day of deafening silence at the Premier League giants when Presidents Joel and Avram Glazer held crisis talks with Executive Vice President Ed Woodward and Managing Director Richard Arnold.
As the aftermath of the humiliating defeat continued, the 48-year-old coach spent just under three hours at United’s training ground around lunchtime Monday with his back room team and his squad given the day off.
Senior players are now questioning Solskjaer’s tactics and leadership over concerns that he is too soft on them and doesn’t have enough experience to turn things around.
United defender Phil Jones heads to United’s training ground Tuesday morning.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure after a losing run of results
Presidents Joel (right image from left) and Avram (left image left) Glazer have held crisis talks with Executive Vice President Ed Woodward (right) and CEO Richard Arnold
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who won the title in 2017, is interested in the United Hotseat
It’s not the first time Solskjaer has faced an uncertain future at Old Trafford, but on Monday he had the lowest odds of losing his spot at the sportsbooks.
United’s hierarchy has given him unequivocal backing before, but Monday night’s message was less forceful.
Sources stressed the need to come together and get over Sunday’s embarrassment, adding that there is nothing to say that Solskjaer will not be in charge when United visit Tottenham on Saturday night.
Spurs desperately need a result after Nuno Espirito Santo’s team lost to Dutch minnows Vitesse in the Europa Conference League last week and were beaten 1-0 by London rivals West Ham at the weekend.
If Solskjaer survives this crisis, he knows that bold decisions will need to be made after five losses in nine games.
United have five days to prepare for their visit to Tottenham, who also need a win
In the wake of Liverpool’s humiliation, sources claim he was as stunned as anyone in the confines of the team’s dressing room at Old Trafford after the full-time whistle.
As exclusively revealed by SportsmailIt is understood that Solskjaer asked his players to bounce back from one of the darkest days the club has endured in recent times.
He warned them to prepare for the days of major criticism that followed the capitulation, but said the only way they would get through it is by sticking together and responding.
“It was made clear to the players that everyone, including the coach, would be mistreated this week,” the source said. “But the message was that the team fights each other or fights together.”
However, having asked their players to implement a pressure style against Jurgen Klopp’s side, several players believed that the team was not prepared to play that way because they had not particularly focused on tactics in training in the days before the game. .
Former Inter Milan manager Conte has been open to United being out of work since leaving Italy in May, although his team says they won’t open talks with United until Solskjaer’s future has been sorted out.